“Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God. For he will not much remember the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with joy in his heart.” Ecclesiastes 5:19-20
Contestants spin wheels. A beautiful lady displays letters from the alphabet. Trips are won, and money is both gained and lost. I’m referring to a game show most of us will only watch on television but never appear on. We salivate over winning the money and prizes. The truth is, we’ll work hard for a paycheck and save for vacations. With the turn of the economy, my family has opted for stay-cations. We enjoy local sights from the ease of our home, only pretending to be at a resort. Still I know we are more blessed than a great percentage of the world’s population.
Watching games shows with extravagant prizes stimulates my desire to become a contestant and win the cash, cars, and trips. My judgement lapses as to the origin of true wealth. Solomon was considered to be one of the wisest me who ever lived. He believed a man enjoyed the delicacies on his table when his labor provided what was before him. God alone gives life and the privilege to enjoy it. A wise man learns to rejoice in his ability to labor. If you’ve ever been unemployed for any length of time, a job is valued as a true gift!
One of the greatest and most coveted gifts is to enjoy our “labor under the sun.” To wake up and revel in the delight that our work doesn’t weigh us down is indescribable. To be empowered by using God given gifts which match our place of employment or service fulfills the soul. Our Creator is mirrored in us and through our work.
What is God’s business for you? Find it. Find joy in Him. Find joy in your labor!